Bipolar Remedies

Many people are diagnosed with bipolar, a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes a mood imbalance of highs and lows. These mood changes may occur as a reaction to various things such as a lack of sleep, reaching a threshold of allergens, loud noises for a prolonged period, stress or lack of nutritional intake. The set of symptoms and their severity vary from person to person and one may go for long durations without any symptoms. Studies show that much more time is spent in a depressive episode than in a manic state.

Medications such as lithium or depakote for mania, wellbutrin anti-depressant, and seroquel for sleep can be helpful in maintaining a balanced state and are taken on a daily basis. Since the chemical makeup is individual, the effectiveness varies from one person to the next. One person will do very well on a particular medication whereas another may not. There are other ones to try that may work better and it may take two to three weeks to get a good idea of how effective a newly introduced medication is. The doctor should be consulted as soon as it’s evident that one is having bad effects from a new medication.

Natural Therapy

Natural remedies are also helpful to maintain chemical balance. Some of these consist of selenium, St. John’s Wort (although this might stimulate mania) and 100 mg a day of 5-htp (only when not taking medications) all of which help manufacture serotonin and are antioxidants. Omega 3 in the form of fish oil or 2 to 3 tablespoons daily of ground flaxseed to clear fogginess, and improve fatigue and circulation. Psyllium as a source of fiber and passion flower and/or skullcap are good for calming or relaxing the nervous system. NAC manufacturers glutathione to regenerate cells.

Biochemic tissue salts soothe the nerves and restore harmony. They were developed in the 1870’s as a method to replenish minerals and are small tablets made to dissolve under the tongue. Whenever new cells are formed, these salts, there are 12 alltogether, must be present and in correct balance for all organs and tissues in the body to function properly. For mood would be Nat Sulph, Kali Phos and Nat Phos which can be found in a blend form.

 A quality form of vitamin c with bioflavanoids, amino acids and msm are also restorative. ALA is a great antioxidant and choline makes acetylcholine for memory and transports lipids from the liver. Magnesium with D promotes restful sleep, steady heartbeat, and helps to relax spasms and tight muscles. Some treatments add magnesium to stop symptoms of the rapid recycling of mania. Some bipolars have shown to have differences in the levels of magnesium in their blood. Anyone taking high blood pressure medication may need to lower the dose while taking magnesium. Magnesium is useful in patients with ADD/ADHD and is essential for the biochemisty of Omega-3s.

The chelates are citrate, lactate, glycinate, malate, taurate..these are the most common. These are forms of magnesium bonded to an amino acid which then allows for better absorption. Magnesium lactate may be the best and most completely absorbed. Some people suggest that magnesium oxide is hardly worth the trouble or money.
Since chelate weighs more than the magnesium the total actual percentage of magnesium itself is lower compared to the weight of the mixture. For ex., magnesium malate label –  152mg of magnesium and 848mg of malic acid to give a total weight of 1000 mg.  Another source is a warm bath for about 20 minutes in 1 to 2 cups Epsom Salts which allows magnesium in through the skin. Food sources for magnesium include –  3oz of almonds-270mg, 1 cup of oatmeal-57 mg, and 1 cup of navy beans-108mg.

Metal Toxicity

Metal detox is another method to assist with the chemical imbalance from bipolar; the toxicity being caused primarily from vaccine additives, air pollution and car exhaust fumes. Metals such as mercury, aluminum, lead and cadmium can gain a foothold through neurons into cells and become afixed. Some metals are capable of replacing the receptor sites for zinc which can cause a zinc deficiency and is fairly common. Food colorings, msg, some sweetners and preservatives have the potential to behave as neuron excitotoxins.

Metal detox may cause an immune reaction which can stir up a healing sickness. The system may react in an attack mode similar to a germ infestation foreign to the body as they are pulled out into the flow. This may last from 3 days to 3 to 6 weeks afterward. The chinese parseley, cilantro, eaten or taken in supplement form every day for a few weeks helps to cleanse metals from cell tissues. Chlorella helps to excrete them from the body.

Dandelion root and milk thistle help strengthen and protect the kidneys and liver. Since dandelion acts as a diuretic which promotes the formation of urine, it’s not a supplement to take on a continuous basis. Follow the dose amount on the label except for every 3rd day instead of every day, always skipping two days between doses, to the end of the bottle. Then skip one or two months and repeat either once or twice. The ‘standardized’ form is denser and purer and is therefore recommended compared to regular dandelion capsules. Dandelion is a powerhouse of nutritional and cleansing support. 

Refined sugar intake depletes the body of B vitamins because they are used up by turning sugar into energy. A low glycemic-load diet is recommended; whole foods, vegetables, fruits and regular meals.

A therapy treatment may take from three months to a year and the costs for natural remedies can be spread out over time according to one’s budget. It requires some research to find quality products that are also within an affordable range. They can be found online and sometimes are on sale, or at local health stores and gnc’s. A candida cleanse may also be helpful using a product such as Electrodine for thyroid health and protection.

Medicine and Psychiatry Like a Horse and Carriage

How Reliable are the Testing Trials That Determine the Safety and Efficacy of New Drugs?

Eighty percent of new drug applications sent to the food and drug administration (FDA) consisted of trial data from studies done outside of the U.S. according to the inspector general’s report. There are 3,000 new drugs coming onto the market to treat 4,600 different conditions.

Only 271 trials were done in foreign countries for American use in 1990 and increased to 6,485 by 2008. Although many study trials occur in developed countries, thousands take place in areas where illiterate and impoverished people reside. One concern with this is whether regulations are being followed by these medical teams and to what extent. Litigation risks are minimal and the wealth they have may enable them too much protection.

During the nineties, manufacturers began contracting out all phases of development and testing to companies that recruit the patients and volunteers. They also draw up rules for the trials and conduct them, prepare reports, ghostwrite technical articles for journals and advertise for participants. Paid technicians implement the procedures, gather the subjects, administer the chemical formulations, collect urine and blood samples and sequester and feed the recruits.

Prescription Drug Injury

Americans are far more likely to be injured or die from prescription drugs, physicians and hospitals than by terrorists, bombs and planes. The pharmaceutical industry influences psychiatrists to prescribe psychoactive medications even for patients who the drugs haven’t been proven safe and effective for.

There has been an astonishing increase in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in children, some as young as two years old. The terrible-twos is a phase where healthy children are beginning to learn their boundaries and the importance of following instructions. To become fussy when hungry or tired is normal, as is also to not always be attentive while sitting in a classroom as well as is shyness. To be given mind-altering and likely addictive drugs during these critical stages of growth should be considered criminal at most and suspect at least.

Like A Horse and Carriage

The medical director of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) made a declaration in 1977 to strongly support a vigorous effort to remedicalize psychiatry. By having placed much emphasis on drug treatments, Psychiatry had become the darling of the pharmaceutical industry.

In a campaign to enhance their status they devised a deliberate plan to identify the organization as a scientific discipline along with the medical profession. They were also determined to advance their position over other mental healthcare providers. They fully embraced the biological model of mental illness and the use of psychoactive drugs to treat the various symptoms and newly developed diseases and diagnoses.

The APA set out to revise the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders (DSM-III) reference book for its 3rd edition and strived to make it different. The 1st was published in 1952 and the 2nd in 1968  and reflected the Freudian views of mental health and illness. The DSM was mainly known only within the profession. The president stated in 1977 that it would clarify any doubts that they regard psychiatry as a specialty of medicine.

A professor of psychiatry at Harvard, Vaillant, stated in 1984 that the DSM-III represents a bold series of choices based on guess, taste, prejudice and hope and that the disadvantages within the contents outweigh its advantages.

It was reliable only in the form of consistency rather than in its validity, for example if most physicians agreed freckles were a sign of cancer, the diagnosis would be reliably consistent but not valid. The book simply reflects the unproven opinions of its authors. Citations of scientific studies supporting its conclusions are either non-existent or omitted. Statements of fact are to be supported by specific references of published scientific studies in all ‘medical’ publications.

The number of diagnostic categories have multiplied and the books became larger and more costly with each new edition. It has itself become one of the major sources of income for the APA having sold over a million copies.

Treatments for emotional distress, illness and depression should not be limited to psychoactive drugs as both psychotherapy and exercise have proven effective and longer lasting in comparison. More research is needed to study other methods of diagnosis and healing in the area of psychiatry.

resource: vanityfair.com

book: The Epidemic of Mental Illness, Why?

Why We Need Sleep

Sleep-deprived people who are tested by using a driving simulator or by performing a hand-eye coordination task perform as badly as, or worse than, those who are intoxicated. Sleep deprivation also magnifies alcohol’s effects, so a fatigued person who drinks will become much more impaired than someone who is well rested. Drowsiness is the brain’s last step before falling asleep; driving while drowsy can, and often does, lead to disaster. Caffeine and other stimulants cannot overcome the effects of severe sleep deprivation.
  
 Some studies suggest that sleep deprivation affects the immune system in detrimental ways. Some experts believe sleep gives neurons used while we are awake a chance to shut down and repair themselves. Without sleep, neurons may become so energy depleted and polluted with byproducts of normal cellular activities, they begin to malfunction. Sleep also may give the brain a chance to exercise important neuronal connections that might otherwise deteriorate from lack of activity. While rats normally live for two to three years, those deprived of REM sleep survive only about 5 weeks on average, and rats deprived of all sleep stages live only about 3 weeks.
Getting too little sleep creates a “sleep debt,” which is much like being overdrawn at a bank. Eventually, the body demands that the debt be repaid. We don’t seem to adapt to getting less sleep than we need; while we may get used to a sleep-depriving schedule, our judgment, reaction time, and other functions are still impaired. Infants generally require 16 hours daily, and teenagers require nine. Most adults generally need 7 to 8 hours every night

Many of the body’s cells show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins during deep sleep. Proteins are the building blocks needed for cell growth and for repair of damage from factors like stress and ultraviolet rays. The deep sleep stage may help people maintain optimal emotional and social functioning when awake. Like deep sleep, rem sleep is associated with increased production of proteins. People taught a skill and then deprived of non-rem sleep had recall of it after sleeping, while people deprived of rem sleep didn’t have recall.   

 

      

   

We spend nearly all of our sleep time in stages 1, 2, and REM. The first rem sleep period usually occurs 1 to 1½ hours after falling asleep. A complete sleep cycle takes on the average of 100 mins. The first sleep cycles each night contain relatively short rem periods and long periods of deep sleep. As the night progresses, rem sleep periods are longer while deep sleep is shorter. When awakened after sleeping more than a few minutes, we are usually unable to recall the last few minutes before having fallen asleep. This is why we often don’t remember the alarm going off in the morning if we go right back to sleep after turning it off.
  
Caffeinated drinks and drugs such as diet pills and decongestants stimulate some parts of the brain and can cause an inability to sleep referred to as “insomnia”. Many antidepressants suppress the ability to experience rem

Circadian_rhythm
circadian rhythm

sleep in the natural manner. Different neurotransmitter signals in the brain have an influence on sleep and wakefulness and foods and medicines that change the balance of these signals affect the quality of sleep. Neurons in the brainstem, which connects the brain with the spinal cord, produce neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine that keep some parts of the brain active while we are awake. Other neurons at the base of the brain begin signaling when we fall asleep and appear to “switch off” the awake signals. Stages 1 through 4 and REM (rapid eye movement) progress in a cycle then the cycle starts over again with stage 1.

Suprachiasmatic nucleus or SCN (biological clock), is a pair of pinhead-sized brain structures that together contain about 20,000 neurons and rests in a part of the brain, the hypothalamus directly above the optic nerve. Light that reaches photoreceptors in the retina (a tissue at the back of the eye) creates signals that travel along the optic nerve to the SCN structures. Signals from the SCN travel to several brain regions, including the pineal gland, which responds to light-induced signals by switching off production of the hormone melatonin. The body’s level of melatonin normally increases after darkness falls causing drowsiness. The SCN also governs functions that are synchronized with the sleep/wake cycle such as body temperature, hormone secretion, urine production, and blood pressure.

 

   

 

    

 

Workers on 3rd shift have an increased risk of heart problems, digestive disturbances, and emotional and mental problems, all of which may be related to their sleeping schedules. The number and severity of workplace accidents also tend to increase during the night shift. Major industrial accidents attributed partly to errors made by fatigued night-shift workers; three mile isle, and medical interns on the 3rd shift are twice as likely as others to misinterpret hospital test records.

 

Long-term use of melatonin may create new problems, the potential side effects of melatonin supplements are still largely unknown, therefore most experts discourage its use. Extreme sleep deprivation can lead to a psychotic state of paranoia and hallucinations in otherwise healthy people, and disrupted sleep can trigger episodes of mania (agitation and hyperactivity) in people with manic depression. The chemicals our immune systems produce while fighting an infection are powerful sleep-inducing chemicals and sleep may help the body conserve energy and other resources that the immune system needs to fight infection.

 

Once sleeping problems develop, they can add to a person’s impairment and cause confusion, frustration or depression. Patients who are unable to sleep also notice pain more and may increase their requests for pain medication. Better management of sleeping problems in people who have other disorders could improve their health and quality of life.
The use of alcohol, such as a nightcap, can only help for falling into a light sleep as it prevents the restorative stages and rem sleep. It causes a lighter stage of sleep, being easily awakened throughout the night. Abnormally hot or cold temperatures can disrupt the rem stage of sleep also because the decreased ability to regulate body temperature.

May you sleep well,

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Protein Glyconutrients

Glyconutrients – 8 essential biological sugars that support the recognition and communication of cells.

We burn sugars to produce energy, however, these 8 are not burned in this way. Instead they become building blocks known as glycoproteins and glycolypids meaning they become part of the body.
Causes: Food processing, mineral depleted soils, green harvesting and food preservatives.
We consume sugarcane’s glucose, and dairy’s galactose, but since we typically don’t consume the other six, our bodies must create them through a sequence of enzymatic, chemical reactions depleting vitality. The addition into our diets supports the natural healing ability for defense, repair and recovery. Most people notice an immediate boost in energy level.
Dr. Emil Mondoa, book “Sugars That Heal” explains, “these 8 are the basis of multicellular intelligence working to keep us healthy and balanced. Even tiny amounts of these, or lack of them, have profound effects.”
excerpt – livingsugars.com/

To add into your diet:

A daily supplement containing all 8 and is stabilized and standardized.
Dried or fresh shitake mushrooms lightly chopped into a stir fry.
2 ozs Aloe drink in the mornings; for indigestion, constipation and ulcers.
Xylitol for sweetening; anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and healthier for teeth.
2 or 3 cps herbal tea with liquorice and Echinacea; immune system booster.
Psyllium husk adds fiber to the diet; a teaspoon with water in the mornings on an empty stomach helps to avoid constipation.
spinach, beans, cabbage, carrots, and celery.

Fenugreek either fresh ch’d or ground in stir-fries and curries in winter.
Additional sources – turmeric and licithin
Apples have pectin and soluble fiber that soak up excess cholesterol in the intestines before it enters the blood. ‘Whole’ oranges help prevent clogged arteries by relaxing them which can lower blood pressure.
infosource: glyconutria